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FAQs

What are Park hours?

Gathering Place is open every day* from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Adventure Playground: 9 a.m. to Dusk

Redbud Cafe: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Patio: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

*Hours are subject to change seasonally and/or for events.

Are dogs allowed?

No pets other than service animals are allowed in the Park unless otherwise authorized; Pets are allowed, leashed, on the Midland Valley and riverfront trails and during designated days as published. 

Will any of Gathering Place's Restaurants take reservations?

At this time, reservations will not be offered in any of our Park restaurants.

When can we rent boats on Peggy's Pond?

Water Sports on Peggy's Pond are now available for rent, free of charge! Check out our Boat Rental page for more information.

Can I have a birthday party at Gathering Place?

We do not currently allow Birthday parties in the buildings due to the volume of requests – we want our other visitors to be able to explore all areas the buildings without limitation.

The area that is available for Birthday parties is on the south side of the Chapman Adventure Playground called Picnic Grove.  This area is outside but is adjacent to the playground with picnic tables so it makes it an ideal location for kids to celebrate and play. You do not need reservations in this area as it is a first come first served area. Please note that there is not an electrical outlet in this area. Parking is available on the east side of Picnic Grove but on weekends it does fill up quickly.

PLEASE NOTE: Picnic Grove is the only area on the Park where Birthday parties are allowed. 

Can I host an event at Gathering Place?

External events are welcome in the Picnic Grove area, located south of the Chapman Adventure Playground. External events are not permitted in any other area unless written permission is given by Park management. External event requests can be submitted to g[email protected] and must be submitted at least one month prior to the date requested to be considered. The marketing of any event held within the Park (including Picnic Grove) must be approved in writing by Park management. Requests for the marketing of an event can also be submitted to [email protected].

Is there an admission fee to enter parts of Gathering Place?

Gathering Place is entirely free to the public. There are costs associated with food and drink, sports equipment rentals and retail.

Who do I call about a lost item in the Park?

Our "Lost and Found" is located at the Guest Service desk in Williams Lodge. You can also call our guest service main line at 918-779-1000. 

We will keep lost items for 4 weeks and then they will be donated. We will keep wallets, phones and credit cards or IDs in our lockbox for up to 3 months.

Where can I get a map?

The Guest Services desk located in Williams Lodge has Maps and other information to help you navigate your visit. There are also map stations in the entrance areas of ONEOK Boathouse and Williams Lodge. 

Do guests need to buy tickets for any concerts/programming events?

Unless stated, there will be no tickets required for events listed on our events page.

How many parking spaces are there?

Gathering Place has 530 (23 ADA) permanent parking spaces throughout the Park, including four electric vehicle charging station spaces.  In addition, for Grand Opening, there are 1,420 (38 ADA) temporary parking spaces located on the southeast corner of 31st Street and Riverside Drive. Off-site parking with shuttle access to Gathering Place is offered on an as needed basis.

Can guests bring grills to cook on?

At this time, we cannot allow outside grills inside the Park due to safety regulations. 

Is Gathering Place wheelchair accessible?

All of the pathways throughout the Park are accessible by wheelchair.Please see our Accessibility page for more details.

Are folding chairs allowed in the Park?

Yes! Folding chairs are allowed on all of our lawns.

Can guests request private tours of the Park?

At this time, we do not offer private tours. Please visit Guest Services, located in Williams Lodge, for more information on self-guided tours.

How do I schedule field trips to the Park?

For field trip inquiries, please send information about your school group to [email protected] 

Who were the founders of the Park?

Gathering Place was the original idea of George Kaiser and his family foundation. As the world-class design of the park and its potential to be transformational for Tulsa became clear, a very broad group of Tulsa businesses, individuals and foundations joined generously in support of Gathering Place’s construction and subsequent operations. Through collaboration with more than 80 corporate and philanthropic organizations, Gathering Place is a privately funded public park for all of Tulsa to enjoy. The George Kaiser Family Foundation has and continues to lead this Park project.

Who designed the Park?

Renowned landscape architectural firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates designed the unique Park with input from numerous Tulsans.

What is the plan for the Pedestrian Bridge?

A project of the City of Tulsa, the new pedestrian bridge will connect the west and east banks of the Arkansas River at 29th Street and Riverside Drive. The schedule for the project has not been finalized.